Even ardent fans of Andy Warhol (1928–1987) may be surprised to learn that he created a significant body of western work. Drawn to the lore and lure of the American West throughout his life, Warhol was heavily influenced by its mythology and iconography, conveyed primarily through film and television and revealed at various points in his life by toys, clothing, and travel.
Warhol and the West explores for the first time the range of western themed imagery Warhol produced. Immediately recognizable, impressive, daring, inspirational, and sometimes confrontational, this body of work furthers our understanding of how the American West infiltrates the public’s imagination through contemporary art and popular culture.
This exhibition was co-organized by Booth Western Art Museum, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum.
At Tacoma Art Museum the exhibition and catalogue are generously supported by the Haub Family Endowment, Virginia Bloedel Wright, and ArtsFund.